- Beautiful visual style
- An interesting twist on the top-down shooter formula
- Good range of mission types
- Great sense of empowerment
- Sometimes you feel disconnected from the action
- Scrolling levels make it hard to control Mai Lee
With frantic action, Bloodstroke manages to perfectly evoke John Woo's explosively entertaining take on Hong Kong cinema.
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Doves, blood, and excessive violenge - director John Woo's fingerprints are all over Bloodstroke. But, while at first glance this new game from Chillingo seems to be relying on the famous director's name and a distinct visual style, it actually adds a lot of interesting twists of its own to the top-down shooter formula.
Perhaps the most striking thing about Bloodstroke is its handsome watercolour visuals. This powerful art style uses strong black brush strokes on a white background to create high impact look with subtle undertones. Each melee attack add some colour to the proceedings, with enemies reduced to mush in splashes of crimson red.
The basic controls are quite familiar. You run around the screen gunning down all who stand in your way. A single directional stick sits on the left of the screen, while the shoot command and other powers reside under the right thumb. Running into enemies slices them down instantly, while tapping the fire button targets the closest enemy.
Taking control of skilled bodyguard Mai Lee, you are tasked with protecting your client from every nerdowell populating the streets of Hong Kong and Beijing.
This introduces an interesting twist on the standard formula. You see, because Mai Lee is basically invincible. Like all of John Woo's heroes, the lethal angel remains untouched by bullets or blades. Her clients however are not so lucky, and if they die its game over.
While at a glance this may make the whole game seem like a massive escort mission, it is actually creates an exciting dynamic. With your ward serving as your health bar. Mai Lee is able to run around without any regard for her personal safety. As long as everyone is dead, your employer is safe - and, by extention, so are you.
Bloodstroke succeeds by actually managing to make you feel as invincible as the lead of a John Woo movie. Its beautiful artistic style and story simply prove the icing on this exhilerating and explosive cake.
DescriptionInternationally renowned filmmaker John Woo presents his action-packed mobile debut, Bloodstroke.
"Bloodstroke is a terrific action game, and a great introduction to John Woo action on mobile." – Touch Arcade, 4/5
"Compelling, fast-paced, and action-packed, Bloodstroke is the perfect time-killer" – 148 Apps, 4.5/5
"Bloodstroke is an unapologetic and noirish journey through Woo’s universe. Its streets may be bathed in black and white, but after a few rounds as Lotus, all you’ll be seeing is red." – Arcade Sushi, 85%
"Bloodstroke is a bloody and beautiful good time." – Gamezebo, 4/5
Step into the boots of Phalanx's Elite Private Security Agent, Mai Lee - codenamed Lotus, as she shoots and slices her way through the streets of Hong Kong and Beijing to ensure the safety of her first assignment.
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ANY MEANS NECESSARY
Protect Dr. Koorse at all costs! Draw enemy fire and use a selection of lethal melee weapons and guns to keep gangsters, snipers and katana-wielding bikers from assassinating your client.
PAINT THE TOWN RED
Equip Lotus with an arsenal of deadly blades and firearms. Cut down your foes using dual chackrams and blow them away with grenade launchers and shotguns to decorate the streets of China with red ink.
Blending traditional brushstroke visuals with John Woo's signature balletic violence, Bloodstroke is authentically presented with distinct graphics and sleek comic book panel cut-scenes that unravel into a compelling tale of betrayal.
• Fight for survival in an epic action adventure from legendary filmmaker John Woo.
• Shoot or slice your way through the streets of Hong Kong and Beijing using lethal blades, firearms, and explosives.
• Slick presentation with striking visuals and comic-book panel cut-scenes.
• Hone your battle skills and earn more cash in special Arenas.
• Original Soundtrack by Far East Movement.
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